Health Tip: Symptoms That May Indicate a Urinary Tract Infection

-- The urinary tract includes the kidneys, bladder, urethra and ureters -- parts of the body that create, store and remove urine. A bacterial infection of the urinary tract is common.

The National Women's Health Information Center says a urinary tract infection (UTI) may have these warning signs and should be evaluated by a doctor without delay:

  • A painful or stinging sensation during urination.
  • Feeling like you need to urinate frequently, but with little urine output.
  • A sensation of pressure in the lower abdominal area.
  • A bad odor or unusual appearance to urine, including a cloudy or reddish appearance.
  • Fatigue, fever or shakiness.

Posted: March 2010


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